Mining Engineering Technology


Program Overview

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saskatchewan. In the next 10 years, estimates predict over 15,000 new workers will be needed in the industry—including mining engineering technologists.

Mining engineering technologists work in hard and soft rock mining operations here in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. It’s a well-paying career that can involve surveying, ventilation, ground control, mine planning or supervision. You need to be a team player, good at problem solving, comfortable working with new technology and committed to workplace safety.

Mining Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the classroom and in the lab, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles to basic mining engineering situations.

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • basic geology, geophysics, electricity and instrumentation
  • computer applications in mining
  • fluid mechanics
  • ground control
  • mine hydrology and environmental concerns
  • mine ventilation
  • ore processing and transportation
  • project management
  • safety
  • soil, concrete and shotcrete testing
  • surveying and drafting

Hands-on learning involves everything from computer simulations, to geology and surveying labs, to mechanical and materials testing labs. Second year projects will help you build skills in mine design, blasting and ventilation. You’ll also carry out an applied research project. This emphasis on learning by doing ensures you’re ready to work from day one after graduation.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into a mining engineering technology degree at Cape Breton University, Queen’s University, Memorial University or the University of Saskatchewan.


Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Mining engineering technologists are prepared to work in both surface and underground mining operations. Saskatchewan mining companies are eager to recruit graduates. You could also work for a testing lab, an engineering consulting firm or a mine equipment company. As you build experience, you could advance into design work, supervision and project management.

Do you need help deciding if these careers could be a good fit for you? Contact Career Counselling Services.

Do you already know this is the program you want to take but need more detailed information or help applying?  Connect with a Recruitment Advisor.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Mining Engineering TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$41,600 - $90,100
Mining Survey TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$41,600 - $90,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 68 weeks

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  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum combined average of 60% in Math A30, B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $7,810
Year 2 - $7,060

International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Mining Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Environmental Studies or Petroleum degree programs
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report.

College of Engineering

Sask Polytech graduates of this program (graduates from 2017, 2018 and 2019) with minimum overall diploma average of 70%, and meets admission requirements, may be granted block transfer credit of 54 credit units towards BS Engineering - major in Geological Engineering degree for 2020-21 academic year.

Learn more about how Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Saskatchewan expand learning pathways for mining engineering technology students.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC)

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at thet technologist level.  TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit

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